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Past News & Events

2012 State of the Prairie Conference - Dec. 6th - 9th!

Update: Schedule for the State of the Prairie conference is now available!

2012SoPConferenceInformation.pdf

Check out the schedule and don’t forget to mark this event on your calendar!

To register for the event and learn more about the 2012 State of the Prairie Conference CLICK HERE!

 

Family Fun with Wildlife Gardening - Saturday October 20

Meredith O’Reilly writes:

Hello, all! There are just a handful of spots left in Travis Audubon’s Family Fun with Wildlife Gardening Class. It will be this Saturday, October 20, from 10:00am to 11:30am in a Central Austin location. This class is for kids ages 4-11 and their parents or grandparents. If you or someone you know might be interested in the class, please sign up fast! Details follow – we are going to have such a fun time! http://travisaudubon.org/education/adult-classes/family-fun-with-wildlife-gardening  - - Thanks so much! Meredith O’Reilly


Family Fun with Wildlife Gardening
Saturday October 20 10-11:30

Cultivate kids’ natural curiosity as well as their green thumbs by creating a wildlife haven at home. This class is designed for kids, ages 4-11, along with their parents or grandparents. Kids will learn all about what they and their family can do in their own backyard to invite some of Austin’s best-known native fauna – birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, and even earthworms – to visit. This 1.5-hour class will include a short engaging slideshow and hands-on activities to introduce the elements of habitat as well as the kinds of wildlife we are likely to see here in Central Texas. It will also include a walk through a wildlife habitat to observe the different elements of habitat in action and discover what wildlife calls that habitat home. The class will introduce fun and simple projects that families can do together, and kids will get to complete an in-class “gift for wildlife” project to take home to their garden. Whoooo will visit your garden next? Class size is limited to 16 children and will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am to 11:30 am in a central Austin location. One adult must accompany each 1-2 children. Tuition for the class is $15 per child and includes the cost of project materials — parents are free! To register, use the link below:
http://travisaudubonsociety.camp7.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1272930&eventId=518360&EventViewMode=EventDetails
For questions or if class is full and you want to be on the waiting list, contact Meredith O’Reilly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Class limit: 16 children

Meredith O’Reilly is author of the popular wildlife gardening blog Great Stems and is co-host of Austin’s annual Habitat Steward training. She is also a member of the Travis Audubon Urban Habitat Committee. To date she has helped 14 schools in the Austin area create schoolyard habitats.

Prairie Grass Identification Walk -  Mueller Prairie, Austin

Brian Loflin, co-author with Shirley Loflin, of Grasses of the Texas Hill Country will lead an in-depth identification walk of the Mueller Prairie.
October is the ideal time for identifying native grasses because many of them are in bloom and producing distinctive seed heads.
Participants will also learn how to identify exotic invasive grasses that can out-compete our native grasses and wildflowers.  This will help the Friends of the Mueller Prairie to better understand the scale of this threat to the health of our prairie.
Brian Loflin is a professional photographer and dedicated naturalist.  He and Shirley have written and photographed two field guides to native Texas plants, Grasses of the Texas Hill Country and Texas Cacti: A Field Guide.  If you own the Grasses book, bring it along.  Brian will gladly autograph your copy, plus the book will be very helpful on the walk.
This workshop is especially designed for folks who want to accurately identify the native grasses in our Mueller Prairie. A notebook and a camera would be helpful.  Study footwear and clothing suitable for walking into the grasses is advisable.  This is going to be a Mueller Prairie Safari!
WHERE:  Meet at Demonstration Garden in the Mueller Prairie (Southwest Greenway) (near Tom Miller and Sahm)
WHEN:  2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
WHO:    Friends of the Mueller Prairie and others interested in prairie grasses
COST:  FREE!
SPONSORS:  Friends of the Mueller Prairie and the Mueller POA Landscape Committee

Landscaping for Wildlife

“Landscaping for Wildlife” is the topic of Judit Green’s talk at the regular meeting of the San Antonio Garden Center on Wednesday, November 7th at 9:30 am.  Judit has been an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. for the past 17 years conducting outreach and technical guidance on conservation of natural resources that benefit wildlife, landscapes and water.  She is always a popular speaker.  She brings ideas about how to attract more birds, butterflies and friendly wildlife to your yard along with ideas on how to incorporate “wild creature comforts” into your landscape.
SAGC monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and are free and open to anyone with an interest in gardening or floral design.  For more information call 210-824-9981 or check out their website at SanAntonioGardenCenter.org 

NPSOT Plant Sale - Oct. 27th, 2012

On October 27, 2012 Guadalupe County (Schertz-Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold a Native Plant sale at Seguin Trade Days/Pecan Fest  from 9:00am-3:00pm.

The NPSOT booths will be located on River Street, on the east side of the Court House.

There will be lots of Native Plants for sale, information about NPSOT and NICE.
For more information, check out the Guadalupe NPSOT Chapter

Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin

    Increasing land productivity should be the goal of every landowner, and the best way to do that is to capture and hold rainfall. Doing so will promote greater plant growth and protect soil health and reduce erosion. Effective land management links common goals in livestock, wildlife, and water resources such as the Trinity River, which supplies water to 40% of Texans.

    In order to provide this information and link landowners to needed land management resources, Trinity Waters and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are hosting a series of workshops in the Basin.  This set of workshops is the first in a series designed to raise awareness of water conservation issues, discuss land management techniques that could improve the water resources of the Trinity River Basin and make decisions to protect natural resources for future generations. 

Topics addressed at this first set of workshops will include:

• What is a Watershed?   
• Water Quality Basics and Protection in Texas
• What are the benefits of watershed management to landowners and the public?

First Workshop
Date: October 29th, 2012
Time: 8AM - 12PM
Location:Texas Freshwater Fisheries Conservation Center, 5550 FM 2495, Athens, TX 75751

Second Workshop
Date: November 1st, 2012
Time: 8AM - 12PM
Location: Walker County Storm Shelter, 455 S.H. 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320

2 Hours of TDA CEU’s (1 General, 1 IPM)

RSVP under “Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin” at http://naturalresourcestraining.tamu.edu/schedule/.

* The workshop agenda remains the same at each location and are no cost.

Workshops brought to you by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Trinity Waters, and TSSWCB

Houston Chapter NPAT Monthly Meeting

Guest Speaker: Jen Powis is the Advocacy Director for the Houston Parks Board and will present one of Houston Park Board’s signature projects: the Bayou Greenways Initiative, a plan that will create continuous strips of parks and paths along all the major bayous within the Greater Houston region.

Who:    Houston Chapter - Native Prairies Association of Texas

When:  Wednesday September 26, 2012 [4th Wednesday of the month]

WhereBayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Time:    6:30-7:00 Arrival/Socialize

        7:00-8:00 Speaker – Jen Powis, Advocacy Director of Houston Parks Board

        8:00-8:45 Meeting - Pat Merkord - Updates on Texas Native Prairie Association

Seed Collection Opportunity on the Nash Prairie

Friday, Sept. the 14th

9:00 AM-12:00 PM.   
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/8eltZ
Park on CR 255 (all on one side of the road).

From Susan Conaty:

“...You can collect for any restoration or pocket prairie project.  Examples:  Katy Prairie, Texas City, Armond Bayou , etc….  Mark bags with date and place of collection and species.  You can also take some seed for your own use and property.  I have paper sacks if you don’t have your own.  Right now, the Texas coneflower and rattlesnakemaster is ready and there is a lot of it , and I’m sure there will be other things to collect that will take some looking for.”

COMMONS FORD PRAIRIE RESTORATION ORGANIZATION MIXER AND MEETING - Austin, TX

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
2 PM TO 6 PM
COMMONS FORD RANCH METROPOLITAN PARK
614 N. COMMONS FORD ROAD

Join Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization for margaritas and assorted snacks

2:30 PM TO 3:30 PRAIRIE WALK
4:00 PM TO 5:00 PM PROJECT UPDATE AND PLANNING MEETING FOR 2013

Free and open to the public.  Space is limited to 100 so RSVP is required; Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State of the Prairie Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    The Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) and the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) are excited to announce the 4th Annual State of the Prairie Conference, December 6-9.

    This year’s conference at Texas A&M - Kingsville and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute will focus on the economics of the prairie and prairie restoration. Our presenters will address recent interests in boosting wildlife habitats, understanding landowner’s rights, and the importance of the prairie as a watershed.

    We invite you to join us as a sponsor of this exciting event. As a sponsor, you receive exclusive benefits including online and printed media recognition, tickets to this year’s conference, and guaranteed reservations for our most popular, limited-registration sessions and field trips. We are proud to acknowledge your generosity before an estimated 200 conference attendees and many more who will see pre-and postconference promotions.

For information about sponsorship of the 2012 State of the Prairie conference, read our sponsorship request letter: 2012_SOP_Sponsorship_Letter.pdf

For more general information about the conference, check out www.prairiepartner.org

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